September 3, 2010

Not Your Ordinary Frosty Mug

Unique places to enjoy a cold one this fall

Great beer is a Wisconsin tradition. The Badger State’s passion goes well beyond the drinking of this frothy libation. Some of the best beer on earth is created in Wisconsin. This fall, enjoy some incredible ales and lagers in some unforgettable venues.

Capital Brewery in Middleton, WICapital Brewery
Located in downtown Middleton, the somewhat plain exterior of the Capital Brewery hides what should be hallowed ground for beer lovers from around the world. Inside this building, you’ll find a true genius at work: Kirby Nelson, brewmaster extraordinaire.

The brewed creations of Kirby and his staff are among the finest beers ever created. With numerous awards from beer festivals around the world, the Capital Brewery is widely recognized as one of the best breweries in existence.

Awards are one thing, but tasting the beer is the real test. And there’s no better way to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the Capital Brewery than a tour. Tours are only $3 and are open to anyone 21 and older.

Learn more about the Capital Brewery and other attractions in Middleton by visiting

Sand Creek Brewery in Black River CountrySand Creek Brewing Company
The building that houses Black River Country’s Sand Creek Brewing Company dates to 1856. Up until prohibition in 1920, it was home to one of the area’s oldest breweries. Today, it is one of Wisconsin’s largest microbreweries, producing everything from ales and lagers, to root beer.

Tours of the brewery are free and offered every Friday afternoon at 3pm. The brewery is located minutes from the Black River and downtown Black River Falls. A tour of the brewery would be a great way to kick-off a weekend of fun on the trails and waterways of Black River Country.

Learn more about the Sand Creek Brewing Company and other things to do in Black River Country at

Minocqua Brewing Company
For the folks of Oneida County, enjoying a good brew can be an almost sacred experience. So, the Minocqua Brewing Company’s location in a former Masonic Temple is quite appropriate. The building, which dates to 1927, houses a seven-and-a-half barrel brewing system that produces seven kinds of ales and lagers.

Don’t judge a brewery by its size. The Minocqua Brewing Company produces some outstanding beers. To go along with these masterpieces of zymurgy is a full menu of appetizers and entrees. There’s also an outdoor beer garden. After day of hiking, biking or driving through the Northwoods and enjoying fall color, what better way to end the day than a cold glass of handcrafted beer.

Learn more about fall activities and attractions in Oneida County by visiting

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